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Coronavirus: how to build resilience and ease tensions

We hope you’ve been enjoying our series of kindness activities.  

Helping your learners be kind to their mind is important during these uncertain times. These new activities will help to develop resilience, ease household tensions and build empathy.  The activities are suitable for primary and secondary learners (aged 7 to 18), with differentiated ideas where needed. All resources are available on downloadable documents which can be shared with parents or students themselves and link to engaging videos, creative ideas and real-life stories.  Here’s a taster of some of the new activities (there are five to pick from).

Messages of kindness – there has been an outpouring of kindness during this crisis. Consider the power of kind messages and get creative by writing your own.

Living well with kindness – learn about the importance of active listening skills. Being empathetic will help learners ease household tensions during lockdown.

Stories of resilience – being resilient means being able to adapt to these changes. Using real-life stories learners will consider how we can become resilient and help our communities to be resilient too.

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In partnership with FutureLearn, the launch of FutureLearn Schools, a new initiative that gives millions of students aged 13 and above free upgraded access to over a hundred relevant short courses, in order to support their learning and expand their horizons.

  FutureLearn Schools will be available free from May until September 2020 to every eligible student in the UK and Ireland, and will be rolled out globally in due course.  Teachers, parents and students will also be able to access additional guidance and support for free through the initiative, such as the  Coronavirus support hub from Tes and support for parents and learners during Coronavirus (COVID-19) from Pearson.

 Over 40 world-renowned universities and institutions, including the University of Leeds, The Open University, Coventry University, King’s College University and the University of Sheffield, are among the founding partners.  Students will be able to learn from expert educators as well as in a peer-to-peer setting with other learners. They will be able to access tests, gain certificates upon successful completion of course assessments, and keep access to the course content. Teachers will also be able to use the platform’s features to track the progress and engagement of their students.

 As well as a range of digital skills courses from the Institute of Coding, a consortium of 35 universities and over 100 industry and outreach partners, supported by the UK government via the Office for Students.

Discover FutureLearn Schools here

 

Coronavirus (COVID 19): list of online education resources for home education

Published 7 April 2020

We have brought together an initial list of online educational resources to help children to learn at home.

 

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How to keep your children reading during school closures

In these unprecedented times, it’s never been more important to establish a culture of reading at home as a family. Fiona Evans, our own Head of Schools' Programmes, explores some of the ways families can support their child’s reading at home.
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With education institutions closed across the UK, we wanted to let you know that LifeSkills created with Barclays, the free employability programme, is here to help - starting with our dedicated support hubs for educators, parents and young people

If you are looking for activities for young people to complete at home, our student hub has many interactive tools, films and activities to encourage independent study.

Our parent support hub is also full of information; by reading our parent blogs and a new advice page specific to current circumstances, they too will be able to support their children with LifeSkills resources.

Access a range of lesson plans, toolkits and quick-fire activities for use with children who still need to attend school, as well as resources suitable for virtual delivery, through our educator hub.

We’ve included a selection of content below that could be useful, whether you are busy planning or still going into work throughout the Easter holidays. To explore over 100 hours of free resources sign up here

Help students to manage wellbeing with activities from our adaptable toolkit

Student wellbeing might need greater attention in the upcoming months. Work through the ice breaker activities together in a virtual learning environment; set the case studies as independent reading; or use the whole toolkit with students still in school and college to ensure wellbeing remains a priority for young people.

 

 

Young Enterprise has always focused on the skills development of young people aged 4 to 24. Having considered the best way that we can support you right now we have created a free toolkit for teachers which provides a broad range of ready-to-go activities and materials that are easily used for home learning. We felt that these would be the best way of supporting the delivery of a broad and balanced curriculum in a home learning environment.

 

To accompany the teacher toolkit we have also developed a toolkit for parents – providing guidance on how certain activities and resources could be used by them in the home to enrich learning.

 

 

 

Using our experience and knowledge of the ways in which soldiers gain confidence, we have developed a set of online educational resources that help to develop your pupils’ confidence-building skills. These home learning resources will equip your students with the mindset to overcome mental and physical challenges, grow their self-confidence and build vital skills that will last a lifetime.

Our home learning resources are packed with ideas about how your pupils can get out of their comfort zone and encourages them to think about how they can build their confidence. Our free, online resources explore multiple topics from mindfulness and having a growth mindset, to celebrating success and turning criticism into constructive feedback, all of which can build and develop their self-confidence.

https://apply.army.mod.uk/base/lessons

 

School Wellbeing Activity Programme

We have created a wellbeing journal filled with challenges and activities to keep children happy, healthy and active whilst at home.

The journal is based on the four pillars of SWAP; how I eat, how I sleep, how I move, how I feel, and is aimed at children, but is a great resource for teachers and parents too and can support remote learning.

 

Set your class one of the daily challenges and they can record the results in their journal. From inventing their favourite smoothie, recording the quality of their sleep, to building a home gym and expressing how they are feeling, the journal encourages children to look after their overall wellbeing.

There are two versions available for download on our website, one for print and an interactive version at www.nuffieldhealth.com/kidswellbeing We hope you find this resource useful and a fun way for your children to stay happy, healthy and active. Please feel free to share the link with children, parents and teachers.

 

SEAL have great lessons to help children understand and deal with the coronavirus situation. They were developed in Australia because of the bush fires but they are SO relevant to what our children are going through. Use them if you are in school teaching children or with some adaptations use them for ZOOM or Microsoft Teams online lessons. Help children deal with changes they are experiencing from Coronavirus

 

 

Five steps to help with children's wellbeing

In a society where children are feeling more under pressure than ever, helping children with their emotional wellbeing is a concern for many parents and teachers alike. But how can we help?

Clinical psychologist and special guest for BBC Teach's The Growth Mindset and Wellbeing Lesson, Dr Hazel Harrison, has put together five easy steps to promote children's wellbeing - as well as our own. Five ways to keep your children occupied (and learning!) at home

 

Online educational resources

Teaching from home: advice for teachers and parents In these difficult and unusual times, whether you are at school or at home, BBC Teach is here to help and support you with our huge range of educational resources. Use them yourself or tell your students' parents about them. They will be grateful for some fun, home-learning activities and resources.

BBC Teach

BBC Teach's video resources cover every subject from art and design to science. There are hundreds of short, educational films to explore covering relevant curriculum topics.

 

 

 

 

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BBC Bitesize - Activities and guides for 11 to 14-year-olds

BBC Bitesize has hundreds of fun and engaging curriculum-linked guides and activities which students can use independently. Just choose your nation of study, pick a subject and you will see a list of key curriculum topics.

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BBC Teach - Secondary Live Lessons

BBC Teach Live Lessons are curriculum-linked video lessons, complete with downloadable resources, covering topics in English, maths and science. They can be watched at any time. You may spot some well-known BBC faces!

 

BBC Teach - Video resources for 14 to 16-year-olds

BBC Teach's video resources cover every subject from art and design to science. There are hundreds of short, educational films covering relevant curriculum topics to explore.

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BBC Teach - Secondary Live Lessons

BBC Teach Live Lessons are curriculum-linked video lessons, complete with downloadable resources, covering topics in core subjects but also careers. They can be watched at any time. You may spot some well-known BBC faces!

 

 

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